Category: Landscape Architecture

Japanese Flowering Cherries, the standard book by Wybe Kuitert (free online book)

With the cherry blossoms in full bloom it is a good moment to point out that the standard reference book on Japanese Flowering Cherries by Wybe Kuitert, with Arie Peterse, with a foreword by Roy Lancaster, is now free and authorized available online. Japanese flowering cherries have inspired gardeners for more than twelve centuries. They are closely …

Nesting Instincts

This article highlights a winning Art + Habitat design by Atelier Anonymous in partnership with Mike Seymour, and which features in the Spring 2015 issue of Landscapes|Paysages, the Canadian Society for Landscape Architects’ journal. For Barn Owls (Tyto alba), life can be precarious. Indeed, in many areas of the world, including British Columbia, they are threatened or rare, in large part …

A Non-Urban Approach

The World’s Societies have become largely urban; nearly everywhere, land has been occupied or colonized. Where once identity and community were linked to the land and to natural systems, the landscape is being stripped away, new layers added. During this process of transformation, society has become accustomed to an ‘urban approach’: a reliance on interventions that …

Ice Galore in Acadia National Park (Intro)

A Winter drive from Boston, Massachussets, to go hiking on Mount Desert Island – Home of Acadia National Park, the First Eastern National Park, inaugurated in 1916 . A “desert island” with peaks of snow and ice, after an ice-storm hit the North-East of the United States. I’d never been there, but a cold Winter day …

The Zen Garden & Why Use the Word Zen?

Prof Wybe Kuitert of the Seoul National University explores in this article the subject and origins of the “Zen Expression” in the garden art of Japan. He investigates how the theme and expression of Zen appears to not be found in old Japanese Garden texts and neither in early twentieth-century literature on the subject of garden …

Google Earth Pro – Free

Google Earth Pro is an excellent tool to assist with various types of landscape analysis work of cultural landscapes, historic gardens and wider heritage sites. Its satellite images, maps, images and print resolution at 4800×3200 are most handy for landscape research and planning. The basic version of Google Earth was already free, and now also the Pro version is …

Recognition and Documentation of Modern Movement Landscapes in Asia

The Docomomo International Specialist Committee on Urbanism & Landscape (Docomomo ISC/U+L) published the Conference Proceedings on “Inventorisation of Modern Heritage – Urbanism and Landscape” which took place at the Edinburgh Collage of Art on 13 March 2014. The proceedings include an article by Jan Haenraets on ‘Recognition and Documentation of Modern Movement Landscapes in Asia’, which …